This Week in Kansas City History

"The Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City"

Louis Curtiss Studio, 1989

July 1, 1865: Louis Curtiss, whose innovative architecture and flamboyant lifestyle will make a lasting imprint on Kansas City after his 1887 arrival, is born in Belleville, Ontario.


Strangers in a Strange Land

Corps of Discovery sculpture in Case Park

June 26, 1804: Lewis and Clark arrive in the area that will become Kansas City and camp for three days on their expedition to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory.


Tripping the Light Fantastic, and Then Some

Postcard view of the second Electric  Park

May 19, 1907: More than 53,000 people attend the opening day of the newly relocated Electric Park at 46th and The Paseo, which features a bowling alley, Living Statuary, bandstand, alligator farm, swimming pool, dance pavilion, and a roller coaster.


Heeding the Call

Chester Arthur Franklin

May 6, 1919: Chester Franklin publishes the first edition of the Kansas City Call, a weekly newspaper and will go on to advocate for Kansas City’s African American community.


"Her inspiration certainly came from heaven"

Florence Crittenton Home, 1890

May 1, 1894: Elizabeth Bruce Crogman, who will establish the Florence Home for Colored Girls, which provided shelter for single black mothers in Kansas City, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.